New bill aims to end con­tract flip­ping of care home work­ers

StarMetro Vancouver - - VANCOUVER - ALEX MCKEEN

.C. labour ac­tivists are cel­e­brat­ing the im­pend­ing re­peal of two bills they’ve fought to quash for al­most two decades.

Min­is­ter of Health Adrian Dix in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion on Thurs­day to re­peal Bill 29 and Bill 94, which gave em­ploy­ers in the health-care sec­tor broad li­cence to lay off em­ploy­ees and re­strict em­ploy­ment-se­cu­rity lan­guage in col­lec­tive agree­ments with unions.

Labour ad­vo­cates, and es­pe­cially the Hos­pi­tal Em­ploy­ees’ Union, have long ar­gued the acts cre­ate un­fair work­ing con­di­tions that dis­pro­por­tion­ately im­pact women of colour. These women com­prise a large share of care-home em­ploy­ees per­form­ing du­ties like clean­ing fa­cil­i­ties and look­ing after se­niors in long-term care.

Con­tract flip­ping is com­mon in the health-care sec­tor in B.C. and can re­sult in lowwage work­ers los­ing what­ever pro­tec­tions they’ve gained through union­iza­tion.

Irene Lanzinger, pres­i­dent of the BC Fed­er­a­tion of Labour, said in a state­ment Thurs­day that the re­peal will be a pos­i­tive move for both work­ers and pa­tients who rely on their ser­vices and com­pan­ion­ship.

“Re­peal­ing the leg­is­la­tion is a pos­i­tive step that will end ram­pant con­tract-flip­ping in health care and make for more sta­ble care — es­pe­cially for se­niors,” Lanzinger said.

Full story at thes­tar.com/van­cov­uer

“RE­PEAL­ING THE LEG­IS­LA­TION IS A POS­I­TIVE STEP.” Irene Lanzinger, pres­i­dent of the BC Fed­er­a­tion of Labour

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